Originally Posted by roremc
I was at Norquay on Sunday so I know it from first hand experience.
You hit the nail on the head really. It all comes down to location. Norquay is grouped in with Sunshine and the Lake which are two sick resorts. Norquay can't compete with those two. It does however in my opinion appeal to a different market. Norquay is a family hill first. If you have young kids this is where you want them to learn to ski.
The snow can be very icy for sure but thats because they make so much snow. Having said that when they get pow it is the same quality of sunshine they just get less of it. The runs like lone pine and north american off the double chair are some of the best in the park when there is fresh pow on them.
One thing that have this season which will be awesome is an airbag. I saw kids learning to back flip onto it on sunday. Cant wait to give it a go!
Wow, for someone getting into park/freestyle riding, having an airbag to practice in is worth the price of season pass in itself. Thanks for the insight about Norquay - Didn't think it was quite as bad as some say. Of-course it can never be as good because of all the man made snow, just doesn't have the same fluff. But for $300 bucks for a mid-week, I may just go this route and save the sunshine card for shredding SV once a week.
How are the lift lines compared to Sunshine during the week? No doubt packed on the weekends, but I won't be there then, unless for a bit of night riding - haven't done that since I was 16 and went to some very small hill in North Dakota, lol. Sitting up top Norquay looking down at the Banff lights is something I'm totally going to do - with my trusty bowl of-course :P
BTW, I know there's a free shuttle up Norquay from Banff, but is there a shuttle coming from Canmore? I may have to take the greyhound to banff in the morning, then hop on the shuttle if that's the case.